Struggling Cities, Exhibit of Japanese Urban Projects in the 1960s

Original model of Arata Isozaki’s Cities in the Air, 1960

The internationally touring exhibit ‘Struggling Cities’ focuses on the proposals of urbanization by Japanese architects in the 1960s including:

- Kenzo Tange’s “A Plan for Tokyo-1960;”
- the Metabolist schemes of Kiyonori Kikutake, Kisho Kurokawa, Masato Ohtaka, Fumihiko Maki, and Noboru Kawazoe; and
- Arata Isozaki’s “Cities in the Air”

Currently on display the exhibit runs through Friday, April 29th (excluding Sundays) from 10am to 4pm at MulvannyG2.  ‘Struggling Cities’ was also featured at the Shanghai Expo in 2010 and at the Cultural Institute in Cologne, Germany.

Further details can be found here.

The Japan Foundation Exhibit is co-sponsored by Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle and Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival Committee, King County 4Culture, City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.

In collaboration with University of College of Built Environments, American Institute of Architects Seattle, Hamilton International School – Future Cities, MulvannyG2, Japan-America Society of the State of , Seattle Center, Nippon Express, and Yuri Kinoshita.

The Teaching Complex / Rocco Design Architects

© Rocco Design Architects

Architects: Rocco Design Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Rocco Yim, Bernard Hui, Henry Ho, Dennis Chan, Boris Lo, Sophia Ip, Lai Wai Man, Mary Ching
Project area: 5,465 sqm
Project year: 2003 – 2008
Photographs: Rocco Design Architects

Central Michigan University’s College of Education and Human Services / SHW Group

© Justin Maconochie

Architects: SHW Group
Location: , MI, USA
Principal-in-Charge: Janice Suchan
Project Manager: Jen Durham
Principal Designer; Tod Stevens
Programmer/Planner: Dave Rose
Project Architect: Mickey Walsh
Mechanical Engineer: Rich Corona
Electrical Engineer: Jeff Walenciak
Structural Engineer: Tom Baier
Landscape Architect: Beckett and Raeder
Civil Engineering: Wilcox Professional Services
Technology: The Sextant Group
Associate Engineer: ARUP
Project area: 146,000 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Justin Maconochie

Living Future 11

The fifth annual unconference, ‘Living Future 11′ is the forum for leading minds in the green building movement seeking solutions to the most daunting global issues of our time. The education program will focus on ”Our Children’s Cities: Visualizing a Restorative Civilization” and the out-of-the-ordinary learning and networking formats will provide innovative design strategies, cutting-edge technical information, and the inspiration needed to achieve significant progress toward a truly living future.

The Cascadia Green Building Council is hosting the conference April 27th – 29th, 2011 at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Focused on providing proven, practical, ambitious and visionary strategies that address whole earth impacts, a diverse collection of inspiring keynote and plenary speakers include: Majoria Carter, Jason McLennan, Sarah Harmer, and Margaret Wheatley.

More information for Living Futre 11 here.

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part XLIII

Photo by Sophienesss -

Have you seen our almost-46,000 Flickr Pool lately? We want to thank everyone who contributes to this amazing group of architecture photography. As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by Sophienesss in Los Angeles, . Check the other four after the break.

The Indicator: The Next Architecture, Part 7


An article in this week’s Economist about Italian business clusters—that is, where businesses in the same industry form geographic clusters—offered some interesting observations. First, that traditional business models cannot survive global competition. A strategy to deal with global competition includes innovation and building brands. In short, diversification.

This led to a question: how does one approach diversifying architecture firms so that they, too, will be more able to weather economic vicissitudes? For that, let’s turn to Paul Nakazawa. Of course, there is the more “traditional” model of diversification: “many architects have several different kinds of SEPARATE businesses, which serves to diversify dependency on one source of revenue. The time-honored diversification scheme is teaching and practice — we all know lots of people who do that gig.”

More after the break.

‘Spreading the Light’: Romanian Lighting Convention

Romanian Lighting Convention 2011 is a cultural, scientific, but mostly social meeting of architecture, design and lighting specialists in South Eastern Europe. It was created as a privileged communication area for those who regard light as a source of inspiration and who use light to emphasize and place value on the public space.

Recipient of the 2006 – Paulo Mendes da Rocha, the “nonconformist” architect-designer Gaetano Pesce and the most awarded Canadian-Romanian architect, Dan Sergiu Hanganu, are arriving in Bucharest for the 19-20th May event which is going to approach lighting in all its forms of manifestation – architectural, urban, daylight, road, office etc.

Romanian Lighting Convention 2011 comprises several events within its structure, tailored both for the experienced professionals and the new faces in this field: 3 conferences, 3 contests, one of which dedicated to students – LED DESIGN Contest, and 3 exhibitions (flagship products, LED luminaires, contests’ award winning papers).

For registration and more information please contact RLC organizers at or check

The Brother Stephen Debourg Performing Arts Centre at Sacred Heart College / Tridente Architects

© Peter Fisher

As the first major project to be implemented after master planning the entire senior school campus, the Brother Stephen Debourg Performing Arts Centre at Sacred Heart College demonstrates the schools’ focus and a return to its core philosophy of being a teaching institution of its time, maintaining the provision of services par excellence.

Architect: Tridente Architects
Location: Somerton Park, South , 5044,
Engineer: Wallbridge & Gilbert
Quantity Surveyor: Heinrich Consulting
Builder: Romaldi Constructions
Project Area: 1420 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Peter Fisher

Forum Oeiras / CVDB Arquitectos

Courtesy CVDB Arquitectos

CVDB Arquitectos has shared with us their proposal for the Forum in . Follow after the break for additional images and a brief narrative from the architects.

EA House / Barbosa & Guimarães

© José Campos- Arqf

Architects: Barbosa & Guimarães
Location: Porto,
Project Director: Rui Guedes
Co-workers: Paulo Lima, José António Barbosa, Pedro Lopes Guimarães
Project year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: Arqf (José Campos | arqf – architectural photography)

Kindergarten 8Units Velez-Rubio / LosdelDesierto

© Jesús Granada

The aim of this project was to help the development of psychomotor, mental, and social abilities. At an early age and instinctively, children identify the pitched roof with the house, hence their drawings: the roof, the box and, last, the doors and windows. A nursery is but a “big – house” in which they spend most of their time. This idea, interpreted of course, is the origin of this proposal. The big structural slab (roof) is folded in space. This allows us to double the height of the floor so as to adapt the skyline to the next buildings as well as to amplify the interior space and the natural light. This cover wraps all the rooms in the nursery and houses most of the facilities (plumbing, telecommunication and lighting). Below this heaven-tent, the program develops into eight classrooms assigned to three groups of children, divided according to age. There is also a polyvalent dining-room, a kitchen, and administration offices distributed around a patio where children play. The different classrooms are connected to open-air spaces, which permit a permanent inside-outside relationship.

Architect: LosdelDesierto = Eva Luque + Alejandro Pascual. [Elap Architects Slp]
Location: Calle Los Angeles S/N, , Almeria, Spain
Structural Engineer: Alejandro Pascual Soler
Mechanical System Engineer: Secoal SI
Contractor: Ajumi Sa
Project Area: 874.10 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jesús Granada, David Frutos,

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Interview with Frank Gehry

At 82 shows no sign of slowing down. Working on 20 projects at any given time, the Pritzker Prize winning architect’s latest completed work New York by Gehry had its formal opening just last month. In this interview Gehry shares how he was inspired by ice hokey, that Gian Lorenzo Bernini is one of his greatest influences, and what he has always wanted to design.

More following the break.

Snail House / Atelier

© Stéphane Spach

Architects: Atelier – Jeanroy, Leduc, Riber architects
Location: ,
Engineer: Gettec Bâtiment
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Stéphane Spach

5 Projects: Interview 4 / Brian Spring

exterior view

5 (student) Projects: is a group of projects completed at Yale University’s School of Architecture by 5 young architects during their graduate education. Each of the 5 projects are sited in New Haven on or adjacent to Yale’s campus. Each project focused on an institutional building, loosely defined by program, type and context. These commonalities became a framework for discussion that illuminated individual polemics and debate about experimentation in today’s architectural landscape. Despite the initial appearance of diversity within the set, each architect sought to address a common set of ideas emerging at Yale and perhaps within the discourse of architecture at large.

Primarily addressing the legacy of Postmodernism (in its various guises and forms), each sought an architecture that engaged historical memory, local context and an renewed concern for communication and legibility. Each was interested in an operable or speculative way to use history and its associated culturally established values, meanings and forms to produce new bodies of work. In that sense, each sought a contemporary way to learn from the past that would have particular resonance in today’s social, political, and cultural milieu.

The identity of the group of 5 is meant as a provocation towards two related issues: the desire for individuality and expression by today’s younger generation of architects inculcated by media and secondly, the desire for consensus within discourse on what counts today as critical & theoretical concerns for architecture. The aspiration behind the interviews and feature is to reveal an internal discussion which demonstrates an effort to clarify and identify a set of ideas that underpin contemporary architectural production. The feature and interviews were organized and conducted by Alexander Maymind.

You can check the first interview, second interview and third interview in case you missed them. Read the fourth one after the break.

Salford House 4 Life / White Arkitekter


Scandinavian practice White Arkitekter has won the Salford House 4 life competition, organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). White’s proposal was chosen as the winning scheme from 59 entries. For more images of their proposal and a succinct description, follow after the jump.

Villa Oscar / smedshammar+Holmberg AB

© Anders Holmberg

Architects: smedshammar+Holmberg ABAnders Holmberg, Carl-Johan Smedshammar
Location: , Sweden
Project area: 272 sqm
Project year: 2005 – 2008
Photographs: Anders Holmberg

Hoto Fudo / Takeshi Hosaka Architects

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Pertners Inc.

This building is similar to the inside and outside house we previously featured. The project was planned on the site with Mt. Fuji rising closely in the south and the two sides facing the trunk roads. Takeshi Hosaka Architects wanted this building to take on the characteristics of mountains and clouds. It is made from soft geometry, which are not derived from the figures like quadrangles and circles. By continuously operating innumerable polygon mesh points, have determined the shape that clears the conditions such as the consistency as shell construction and the undulations that ward off rainwater in spite of its free geometry. The RC shell with cubic surfaces creates such spaces as 530 sqm, 140 sqm of kitchens, and 50 sqm of rest rooms, in such a manner that it envelops and opens them.

Architect: Takeshi Hosaka Architects
Location: , Japan
Structural Engineer: Ove Arup & Partners Japan / Hitoshi Yonamine
Project Area: site 2,493.82 sqm, building area 733.98 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Pertners Inc.

Video: Rolex Learning Center / SANAA

This short video by architectural photographer Pedro Kok, features the Rolex Learning Center at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in . Designed by SANAA, the building features impressive concrete lines that create a fluidity between the interior spaces.